The Belly of Paris

The Belly of Paris Unjustly deported to Devil s Island following Louis Napoleon s coup d etat in December Florent Quenu escapes and returns to Paris He finds the city changed beyond recognition The old Marche des

  • Title: The Belly of Paris
  • Author: Émile Zola Brian Nelson
  • ISBN: 9780199555840
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Unjustly deported to Devil s Island following Louis Napoleon s coup d etat in December 1851, Florent Quenu escapes and returns to Paris He finds the city changed beyond recognition The old Marche des Innocents has been knocked down as part of Haussmann s grand program of urban reconstruction, replaced by Les Halles, the spectacular new food markets Disgusted by a bourgeUnjustly deported to Devil s Island following Louis Napoleon s coup d etat in December 1851, Florent Quenu escapes and returns to Paris He finds the city changed beyond recognition The old Marche des Innocents has been knocked down as part of Haussmann s grand program of urban reconstruction, replaced by Les Halles, the spectacular new food markets Disgusted by a bourgeois society whose devotion to food is inseparable from its devotion to the Government, Florent attempts an insurrection Les Halles, apocalyptic and destructive, play an active role in Zola s picture of a world in which food and the injustice of society are inextricably linked.This is the first English translation in fifty years of Le Ventre de Paris The Belly of Paris The third in Zola s great cycle, Les Rougon Macquart, it is as enthralling as Germinal, Therese Raquin, and the other novels in the series Its focus on the great Paris food hall, Les Halles combined with Zola s famous impressionist descriptions of food make this a particularly memorable novel Brian Nelson s lively translation captures the spirit of Zola s world and his Introduction illuminates the use of food in the novel to represent social class, social attitudes, political conflicts, and other aspect of the culture of the time The bibliography and notes ensure that this is the most critically up to date edition of the novel in print.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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    • Émile Zola Brian Nelson

      mile Fran ois Zola was an influential French novelist, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism, and a major figure in the political liberalization of France.More than half of Zola s novels were part of a set of 20 books collectively known as Les Rougon Macquart Unlike Balzac who in the midst of his literary career resynthesized his work into La Com die Humaine, Zola from the start at the age of 28 had thought of the complete layout of the series Set in France s Second Empire, the series traces the environmental influences of violence, alcohol and prostitution which became prevalent during the second wave of the Industrial Revolution The series examines two branches of a family the respectable that is, legitimate Rougons and the disreputable illegitimate Macquarts for five generations.As he described his plans for the series, I want to portray, at the outset of a century of liberty and truth, a family that cannot restrain itself in its rush to possess all the good things that progress is making available and is derailed by its own momentum, the fatal convulsions that accompany the birth of a new world Although Zola and C zanne were friends from childhood, they broke in later life over Zola s fictionalized depiction of C zanne and the Bohemian life of painters in his novel L uvre The Masterpiece, 1886.From 1877 with the publication of l Assommoir, mile Zola became wealthy, he was better paid than Victor Hugo, for example He became a figurehead among the literary bourgeoisie and organized cultural dinners with Guy de Maupassant, Joris Karl Huysmans and other writers at his luxurious villa in Medan near Paris after 1880 Germinal in 1885, then the three cities , Lourdes in 1894, Rome in 1896 and Paris in 1897, established Zola as a successful author.The self proclaimed leader of French naturalism, Zola s works inspired operas such as those of Gustave Charpentier, notably Louise in the 1890s His works, inspired by the concepts of heredity Claude Bernard , social manichaeism and idealistic socialism, resonate with those of Nadar, Manet and subsequently Flaubert.

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    • The cover of this novel should come with a warning. Well, may be not even just a warning, for it should be sold with a calorie counter. I am afraid I may have put on several kilos while reading this. Perhaps it would be advisable to read it while running on the treadmill. The lush descriptions of succulent food could well activate and stimulate the production of a peculiar kind of literary enzymes which multiply by ten the energy provided by ingested food if it has been deliciously described.War [...]

    • Zola gives us both sides of the famous food markets in Paris, the sublime to the disgusting, and sometimes in the space of one sentence of his flowing prose. The descriptive passages are so visual they are like viewing paintings. At times they seem to almost literally soar: at the start of one chapter I felt as if I were flying above the rooftops of the city. The vendors seem to become what they sell, from fish to flowers. I was reminded of Dickens at several points, and Balzac at another.As muc [...]

    • I’m not going to lie: I was on the verge of giving up when I reached Chapter Three. The revolting description of the putrid smells of the Central Markets (present-day Les Halles), while evincing Zola’s extraordinary keen observation of details and his skills with words, was a major turn-off. I think I will avoid eating cheese for a long time to come.Notwithstanding, I did slog along to reach Chapter Five, whence the action started to pick up steam, and by the time I finished the novel, tears [...]

    • Zola leaves us with a timeless description of Les Halles as it was before the current 20y construction mess that it has become. For several centuries, this area in the center of Paris was a thriving marketplace for all Parisians and this novel was a magnificent tribute to the various people that made their living here - both for good and for not so good purposes. It is an unforgettable story and for me perhaps the best book that Zola wrote.

    • Είναι αυτη η πίκρα που μένει ανάμεσα στα λαχανικα, τα λουλουδια, την αθωοτητα, τα ψαρια, τα κρεατα, τα πουλερικα.και τους νικητές Χοντρους και άδικα ηττημένους ΑδύνατουςΗ ανθρώπινη μικρότητα σε όλο το μεγαλείο της, η πολιτικη, η επανάσταση, το ψεμαολα ζωντατευουν για χαρη το [...]

    • Florent Quenu “espoused an ideal of pure virtue and sought refuge in a world of absolute truth and justice” and “became a republican, entering the realm of republican ideals as girls with broken hearts enter a convent; and unable to find a republic where sufficient peace and kindness prevailed to soothe his troubled mind, he created one of his own.” His delusional, Christ-like (his brother being his only disciple) naiveté feeds and nurtures the petty intrigue of the families who inhabit [...]

    • El vientre de París es el hoy desaparecido Mercado Central de París o mercado de Les Halles que se construyó durante el Segundo Imperio francés. El escritor Zola nos lo describe con todo lujo de detalles y profusión de productos. Las verduleras, pescaderas, salchicheras, etc. son protagonistas absolutas junto con los innumerables artículos que venden. Parece que Francia en el momento de la trama atravesaba una ola de prosperidad burguesa. Es el triunfo de la comida, de las digestiones pesa [...]

    • The Belly of Paris is an unusual literary feat, a seeming polemic with a virtually hidden message. In prose that describes the food markets of the city in glorious (and sometimes squalid) detail, Zola introduces us to this specialized world that feeds the rich and poor of the capital city. These descriptions are beautifully written and even the squalid details are often metaphorically lovely. Beneath that surface, however, is the battle of the "Fats" and "Thins" (also an alternate title of the b [...]

    • I quote:“…… these precious colours, toned and softened by the waves—the iridescent flesh-tints of the shell-fish, the opal of the whiting, the pearly nacre of the mackerel, the ruddy gold of the mullets, the plated skins of the herrings, and the massive silver of the salmon. It was as though the jewel-cases of some sea-nymph had been emptied there—a mass of fantastical, undreamt-of ornaments, a streaming and heaping of necklaces, monstrous bracelets, gigantic brooches, barbaric gems an [...]

    • (first of all, this cover is CRAP)I wrote some of my thesis about this book (!!!), in part on the imagery of smells in the sections describing Les Halles (Parisian central marketplace built in the mid-19th century). Zola writes incredible, wonderful, sometimes overpoweringly detailed and evocative portraits of the market goods, from silvery fish to pungent cheeses to flowers to fruit to meat toere is a lot. In contrast with the main character Florent's physical/emotional leanness and constant hu [...]

    • The more Zola I read the more I just simply love his stories.I am seriously contemplating reading them in French just to see what its like in the original language.This 3rd installment of 20 in the Rougon-Macquart family saga.His descriptiveness reaches new heights in this book.I felt I was walking through "Les Halles" market with every sentence I read.This is what classic literature is all about.

    • Paintbrush with oil paint on a classical palette, Hedda GjerpenAlso known as 'The Fat and the Thin'*Zola painted in words the Paris food market of Les Halles in the mid 19th century. I found his eloquent passages intoxicatingpping them up like a purring cat with a bowl of cream(oh, ohat skews me to the chubby side)! I felt I was the paint at the end of the brush. & creamyenjoying each stroke no matter what was being rendered whether it could be labeled ugly or beautiful. I missed not a word. [...]

    • A tale of two brothers: a revolutionary escaped from prison and his simpleton brother who blissfully butchers meat. Which one benefits the public more, the political martyr or the epicurean? That's the question Emile Zola poses in "The Belly of Paris", an outrageous, disturbing satire.The showstopper of the book, however, is Florent’s recollection of escaping Devil’s Island told in a hot, suffocating basement while blood sausages are being made, to a small child in fairy tale fashion but sou [...]

    • How do I begin to describe the feelings this book left me…. *BURP*I felt as though I gorged myself on 100 pounds of chocolate bacon and swallowed it down with 10 gallons of SICKLY sweet wine and afterwards swallowed an entire Tiramisu cake in one bite. It left me feeling fully satiated and yet I am still starving to discover more about the mysterious world of Old Paris. I had to work at finishing this novel, as I felt my belly was full to the brim of descriptions of food and yet I couldn’t p [...]

    • Prima carte finisata in acest an, a doua mea intalnire cu Zola. Sunt carti pe care le indragesti pentru continut, pentru emoțiile care ti le trezesc sau pentru deznodământul neasteptat. Si sunt carti, autorii cărora te vrajesc prin stilul lor nemaipomenit de frumos de a scrie. Cărțile lui Zola, cel putin pentru mine, fac parte din a doua categorie. Sunt acele carti pentru care am nevoie de liniste si o atmosfera ambianta ca sa le citesc si sa pot sa le savurez din plin. In viziunea mea, Zo [...]

    • The main character Florent is my kinda people politically. He's active and I guess a revolutionary. He brings alot of the action into the book with his believes and everything he has gone through, also, the fishermen wives have it in for him but in that part he was very much inactive and those women walked all over him.That was some great story development though!Anyone who has read it can tell you that the ending is one of the best ever. "Those bastards!" That had me smiling for a while after f [...]

    • Da mi je neko rekao da ću bez problema uživati u opisima povrća, cveća, putera, mesa i ribe, stvarno ne znam šta bih mu odgovorila. Ovu knjigu sam ostavila za kraj serijala, jer sam svuda viđala komentare da je ovde Zola deskripciju doveo do maksimuma i savršenstva. Potpuno se slažem sa tim, a za kompletno uživanje u romanu, ipak mi je nedostajao malo čvršći kostur priče. Doduše, na nekim mestima, Zola me je oduvao sposobnošću da dočara rečima sliku koju je on video, osećala s [...]

    • Emile Zola’s The Belly of Paris is the third novel of his epic Les Rougon-Macquart cycle. I thought long about how best to sum up the novel, but concluded Brian Nelson’s excellent introduction could not be surpassed. He wrote:"…The Belly of Paris (has) a high degree of ideological ambiguity. There is no equivocation, however, in Zola’s satirical critique of the bourgeoisie and the ‘high’ capitalism of the Second Empire. The last words of the novel – Claude’s exclamation ‘Respec [...]

    • Otherwise titled "Obsessed with Vegetables" Zola proves his point that there is a great divide between the high and low status quo through the discussion of food and its mongers. French society seems to have always been based on cuisine. The era of the French Revolution is no different. What's stunning is the grade of filth, rot, and stench related to it. Poor health, fetid atmosphere, mangy animals are all consequences. Politics, of course, are discussed over evening soup. "Scum dislike the emp [...]

    • Zola seems to have borrowed a kind of effect, from poetry, with this effort: there are large technicolor blocks of description here, monumental scenic prose-backdrops, illustrated right down to the feel of the grit on the sidewalk. Sense of place is everything here. There is barely room to wedge the particulars of character and story into the gaps between atmosphere & scene And like the painters of his era, he's also intrigued at the gradations wrought by time of day and weather change; at t [...]

    • Pauvre Florent. A falsely accused escapee from French Guiana arrives home a much changed man - to a much changed Paris. It's Zola's third book and easy to see how this laid the foundation for his future works of art. While this book in no way compares to Nana, L'Assomoir, Germinal, or his other masterpieces, it is loaded with wonderful symbolism related to food and justice. Les Halles itself represents the gastronomic center of Europe, therefore the world. A character's description of local resi [...]

    • ebox readoncomp. 'Sumatra reader' does not allow copy/paste/highlighting *sob*This story of the fat and the thin opens with:THROUGH the deep silence of the desrted avenue, the carts made their way towards Paris, the rythmic jolting of the wheels echoing against the sleeping fronts of the houses on both sides of the road, behind the dim shapes of elms.- Florent - the down and out found on the road- Balthasar - the horse that didn't trample him- Madame Francois - the owner of the horse that didn't [...]

    • I love Zola because he's always so much a part of his time, and so ready to describe life in Paris, and with such detail! When innocent Florent Quenu escapes from prison on Devil's Island, he returns to his native Paris, to Les Halles marketplace, where the poor, downtrodden struggle to survive. From page one, the reader feels as if he/she is right there in the heart of it all, smelling, tasting, hearing all that the mid-19th Century marketplace has to offer. The pictures are quite vivid, "d bou [...]

    • Il faut lire ce livre des yeux et non de l'esprit. C'est un magnifique tableau impressionniste de la vie quotidienne des Halles. Mais en tant que roman il laisse à désirer à mon avis. L'intrigue est assez plat, et les personnages n'évoluent guère à travers le livre. Mais, et il faut le dire et le redire, la qualité des description est inégalée. This book should be read with the eyes and not with the mind. It is a magnificent, impressionist picture of daily life in 'Les Halles'. But as a [...]

    • I was so happy to finish this piece of Zola's Rougon-Macquart epic as quickly as I usually tear through his books, especially because I'm having so much trouble getting through La Fortune des Rougon. This is no l'Assommoir or Nana, but Le Ventre de Paris falls nicely in place within the series, almost as an aside. It's almost as if this book's purpose was to let Zola stretch his wings as nothing more than a typical novelist, a break from the intense tragedies he usually describes so vividly, a s [...]

    • This book had too much description for me. A lot if it read like the recitation of an inventory of a food market. I was a third of the way in and there still wasn't a plot, so I gave up.

    • This is the third book of the saga of Les Rougon-Macquart which was published in 1873. This book is preceded by La Curee and it is followed byLa Conquete de Plaissans. The fist English translation to English was made in 1888, under the title ofThe Fat and the Thin.For more than 800 years, Les halls was the “stomach” of Paris. In this book, Zola makes use of the “style image” - a figurative style, decorated with images and metaphors. This is what marks the most writing Zola in the Belly o [...]

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